- January 2014
- Posted By JohnnyG
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Pet ownership has its fair share of challenges but the toughest of these challenges is arguably potty training especially for puppies. The urine and feces littering the house can cause illnesses and injuries both for the animals and their owners so potty training is a must! Fortunately, it can be easier for pet owners with the use of tips, techniques and tools like a dog waste station.
Timing In and Out
The first thing to remember is the timing of the in and out of the puppy. We are referring to the consumption of food (in) and excretion of waste (out) of the puppy, which must be initially monitored to ensure that you are well aware of the timing. You will then be able to achieve successful potty training for your puppy!
In general, puppies have 15-20 minutes of digestion time from their first intake of food or water to their need to poop or pee. Your job then is to train your puppy to get to where it should be – to its litter, of course – when its need to pee or poop happens.
Of course, it pays to have a handy dog waste station with plenty of dog waste bags for the clean-up. You want to maintain clean surroundings in your home even with an overactive puppy, not to mention that you should always have dog waste bags in your bag for clean-ups in parks, gardens and other public places.
Tips on the Basics
When you have mastered the following basics of potty training, you will certainly have an easier time at the activity. Just be patient with yourself, however, as both you and your puppy are still learning the process so try and try again until you can get it right.
• Take him outside
Often, the best place for the dog litter is outside mainly because you want to train the dog to do its business outside instead of inside for obvious reasons. You must stay with your puppy until it is done so that it will know that you mean serious business, too.
The best times to take your puppy outside for peeing and pooping – place a dog waste station on the exterior wall, if you must – include when it wakes up in the morning and when it whimpers at night as well as right after its meals and naps, right before its bedtime, and right after taking it out of its crate.
Note: Always praise your puppy in cheery voice when he pees or poops. This is a positive reinforcement for good behavior.
• Quiet clean-ups
There will be times when your puppy suffers from an accident (i.e., pees or poops inside the house). Instead of yelling at and/or punishing your puppy with a smack, for example, you should just quietly clean up its mess and ignore it at the same time. You can teach it again during the next peeing or pooping session.
• Limited water intake
This is not to say that you can severely limit your puppy’s water intake so much so that it is in danger of dehydration. Instead, you should only feed it with water when you can take it outside right away, which will lessen peeing accidents and speed up its potty training.
Use your judgment since each puppy will have different water requirements for its good health. A general rule of thumb: An animal must consume 2.5 times the amount of water in relation to its daily food intake. For example, if your puppy eats 4 ounces of dry food, then he should drink 10 ounces (1-1/4 cup) of water in relatively cool weather; in high heat, increase the water intake by 2-3 times above the normal quantity.
During the potty training phase, keep in mind that you are also building a loving and trusting relationship with your puppy – be gentle yet firm, full of love yet with a sense of authority, and perhaps always keep your dog waste stationstocked.